Impact of COVID-19 on adolescent health and use of social media : Current Opinion in Pediatrics

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Impact of COVID-19 on adolescent health and use of social media

Ramsey, Natashaa; Obeidallah, Malikb; Abraham, Anishac

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Current Opinion in Pediatrics 35(3):p 362-367, June 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000001248


Purpose of review 

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic changed access to healthcare and decreased mental and physical wellbeing. It also significantly altered teens’ relationship with social media. This article is a current review of the literature on the impact of COVID-19 on adolescent health overall. In addition, how social media use has both improved and worsened the impact of COVID-19, along with strategies providers should consider in wanting to address social media use with teens.

Recent findings 

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected adolescents through increased social isolation and decreased access to healthcare resources. Social media use has both positive and negative effects on adolescent health. Positive effects include sustained connection to friends, family and community while negative effects include lower self-esteem and increased incidence of eating disorders.


Our findings underscore the multifaceted impact of social media on adolescent mental health, physical wellbeing, and healthcare access. Of particular relevance to the physician is the potential of leveraging social media to promote healthy behaviors in vulnerable age groups and populations. Social media can be used to connect teens with reputable websites where they can seek medical or health information that would otherwise not readily be available.

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